Animals of Oceania

The Rainbow Pals live in the South Pacific — it is a wonderful place to call home! However, we are not your usual group of Pacific Islander animals. Miro is a bear, Poni is an elephant, Kokio is a squirrel… it’s pretty unusual to find these animals in Oceania!

Here are a few Pacific Islander animals you may not have heard of . . .

Name: Kookaburra

Type: Bird

Location: Australia & New Guinea

Known for: It’s trilling call! It sounds like laughter to me. Traditional Aborigine folklore said that the Kookaburra woke up humans in the first day that the sun rose.

Diet: Snakes and lizards. Yuck!

Name: Bear Cuscus

Type: Marsupial (think kangaroos, koalas, possums, opossums, wombats and the Tasmanian devil!)

Location: Islands of Indonesia

Known for: It’s ability to climb trees. These little guys have claws that allow them to climb straight up and hang upside-down!

Diet: Leaves and flowers

Name: Fijian Blossom Bat

Type: Mammal

Location: Vanuatu and Fiji, of course

Known for: These small bats live in caves and are extremely vulnerable to extinction. Last year, a new colony was found thriving in Fiji. Yay!

Diet: Flowers and nectar

   

There are many animals that are native to the South Pacific.

Not all of them are cozy and cute like the Rainbow Pals. But they are unique, and we love them just the same!

~ Loke

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